"Our information research company, DiscoverOrg, relocated to the Pacific Northwest in the summer of 2009 because our co-founder Kirk Brown grew up here. Still very much a startup at that time (we had three employees — including Kirk and myself), we had no choice but to maximize our limited assets. Vancouver appealed to us because Washington's tax structure was more favorable to our business than Oregon's. You see, we had no outside funding, no favorable loans, no venture capital. The company was completely boot-strapped, funded solely by the two of us, largely through credit card debt."